Given the current with COVID-19 circumstances, this is a time with substantial pressure and change. Whether this is due to the substantial increase of patients on the IC ward, extra shifts as colleagues are either moving to the IC or have fallen ill, or coping with incredible amounts of stress and anxiety from patients, colleagues or for yourself. From our side, we are immensely grateful for your service and we want to help where we can. We have identified a few topics where our support can be of help. In below sections, we offer a link to free COVID-19 related webinar series, provide information on iron deficiency and we have listed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and answers to these questions.

Watch our free webinars for healthcare professionals 

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To support distance learning during this period, Nutricia have brought together experts from a range of fields to present new data and information relating to COVID-19. Subscribe to or watch our webinar series for the latest on the nutritional management of COVID-19 patients in ICU and post ICU discharge. Webinars are for healthcare professionals only.

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The threat of COVID-19 on iron deficiency anaemia rates

Even prior to COVID-19 there are millions of families worldwide living on poor diets.1,2 An estimated 1.6 billion people suffer from iron deficiency anaemia, out of which almost half are pre-school aged children.3 Africa, Asia and South America have been identified as most affected continents.3 Learn more in infographic below, including alleviating the impact of COVID-19 – now and post-pandemic - on child nutrition and iron deficiency anaemia rates, which can be achieved through a combination of practical strategies which support the mother and child.

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Product accessibility & supply

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In particular, the need for tube-feed products & medical devices for the nutritional care of critically ill COVID-19 patients, but also Oral Nutritional Supplements (ONS) are much needed for patients that may have difficulty accessing the products in these circumstances. We will provide you with needed information to help you secure supply for your patients and give direction on continued access to products in these difficult times.

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Safety & instructions on product use

In some cases, working with medical nutrition or specifically tube-feeding may be new. In this section, we will provide tangible information to support safe and hygienic use of related products. We will also share the various options available for your patients with alternate feeding to the medical device you may be used to.

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Health through nutrition & lifestyle

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With COVID-19, elective and less urgent medical care is postponed either by mandate from the government or medical system or at the discretion of the patient. In this section we would like to cover health & nutrition topics that remain incredibly relevant especially for malnourished patients or patients at the risk of becoming malnourished. We will share emerging insight on specific nutritional needs for a.o. Oncology and Stroke patients, but also help you to maintain standards on screening for malnutrition, discharge management, and adherence management.

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  1. Henrietta H Fore, Qu Dongyu, David M Beasley, Tedros A Ghebreyesus. Child malnutrition the time to act is now. 2020 Lancet. 2020; (published online July 27.)https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31647-0
  2. https://data.unicef.org/topic/covid-19-and-children/
  3. WHO2008https://www.who.int/vmnis/anaemia/prevalence/summary/anaemia_data_status_t2/en/
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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Nutricia shares the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendations on how to protect your baby, but also yourself, especially if you are a carer and in contact with older people or patients.

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Please note that information contained in this FAQ Q&A is provided for general purposes and is not intended as medical advice, please always follow public health authorities guidelines and instructions.